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Album Review

The first album by Major Figgas, a rap collective from north Philadelphia, maintains musical interest, using instrumental tracks full of synthesizer patterns that provide an attractive pop filling in between the inevitable repetitive beats underneath and the harsh rhyming on top. With at least seven rappers working in various combinations, the group varies its sound effectively. Unfortunately, beyond musical interest, there is little but the usual nomenclature of gangsta rap to be found in the actual words. That means a word beginning with "N" that rhymes with "figga" turns up every line or two and that the lyrics are laced with obscenities, as the various rappers rhythmically spew out a coarse street argot full of references to drugs, prostitution, guns, and violence. There is a fair amount of boasting, of course, and "You Didn't Feel Me Then" indulges in an attack on a woman that borders on misogyny. "The Crack," performed in the first person as the drug itself, seems to decry the drug's impact on society, but as titles like "I Love Being a Gangsta" and "Thugs in the Clubs" suggest, Major Figgas are more interested in belligerently celebrating violent street life than criticizing it. The album contains a hidden track at the end that might be titled, "Tribute to My Fallen Soldiers."

Customer Reviews

Major Figgas helped put Philly on the map.

Major Figgas are probably the first group to put Philly on blast in the rap game. There are a lot of good tracks on here. I'm from the Bay but I listen to music from everywhere as long as it sounds good and this is definitely part of my collection. I also have a few projects from Gillie Da Kid, who is part of Major Figgas and has put out some solo projects so check that out too.

What Ya'll Know About Da Figgas

Major Figgas... Phillys hottest group when the Philadelphia area wasn't producing a group or an artist that combined the streets w/ the industry. Ab-Liva, Gillie Da Kidd(who did ghost writting for Cash Money Records), Dutch&Spade-O, Bianca, and everyone else put there heart and soul into this unseeming but ground breaking street album. Representing Philly 100% this group was unable to maintain under the rap industry pressure, but during the 90's hopes for this album were high Tracks that will move you- Is It My Style, Smooth Thug(remix), Yeah thats us, I love being a gangsta...bottom line Philly hiphop classic...Buy the Album...Look out for Gillie Da Kidd Mix Cds and Ab-Liva w/ Sandman and the Clipse

Philly At It's Finest...

If u don't mess w/ da Major Figgas u not from philly.... If u don't think Gillie is da K.O.P. den who is?

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Major Figgas is a rap septet from the Erie Avenue section of north Philadelphia. It began with childhood friends Gillie Da Kid and Rolx, who rapped together at Cabrini College with Bump J. The team of Dutch & Spade joined them, along with Ab Liva, and the group was completed by its sole female member, Bianca. By 1998, local tapes had brought them to the attention of the major record labels, but they released their debut album, Figgas 4 Life, independently in November 1999 before signing to Chris...
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